Guitars Without Compromise with Randy Napoleon & Dan Wilson

By Marty Sikes

Everyone is invited to our free community concert at 11:00 a.m. at the Avalon Theatre on Saturday, August 31. Last year we introduced our Emerging Artist Showcase concert series with a performance by pianist Matthew Whittaker. By popular demand, he will be headlining the 2:00 concert this same day.

You won’t want to miss this year’s free concert entitled “Guitars Without Compromise,” where we will showcase two young jazz guitarists, Randy Napoleon and Dan Wilson. Playing with them will be Chuck Redd on vibes and drums and Tommy Cecil on bass. Randy Napoleon is known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for jazz tradition. He has toured with singer and pianist Freddy Cole and leads his own bands. Detroit Free Press critic Mark Stryker says Napoleon “plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of colors and articulations. Dan Wilson has been touring nationally and internationally with three-time Grammy nominated jazz organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco, and can be heard on DeFrancesco’s 2017 Grammy-nominated Project Freedom.

During a visit, Monty told me, “both Randy and Dan have joined me on the bandstand at different times, providing me with much musical enjoyment.” He continued, “Randy uses his fingers and Dan uses a guitar pick, making for a different sound from each artist – each player totally unique from the other. They are two greatly gifted artists, whose mutual regard and respect for each other’s music (and person) will surely bring about a cohesive and fantastic happening for jazz fans – especially fans of the guitar.”

We are able to offer our “free” Emerging Artist Showcase concert thanks to the generous support of the Artistic Insights Fund. And we are excited that Randy and Dan will also be performing during our annual jazz brunch at The Tidewater Inn, Sunday, September 1 starting at 11:00 A.M.

Looking forward to seeing you at 11:00 on August 31, for what will be another fun morning of exceptional jazz! As Monty told me, “Their concert will be a joyous collaboration.”

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